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How Eternity Brings Focus to What Really Matters: Eternal Perspective

A New Beginning / Greg Laurie
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December 20, 2021 3:00 am

How Eternity Brings Focus to What Really Matters: Eternal Perspective

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December 20, 2021 3:00 am

Have you noticed how happiness and kids seem to go together? They play, they jump, they skip, they frolic. When was the last time you frolicked? We grow up, get some education, and happiness gets left behind. Author Ernest Hemingway said, “Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.” Today on A New Beginning, Pastor Greg Laurie shows us we’ll find real joy by seeking God and keeping an eternal perspective.

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You are listening to a new beginning with Greg Laurie, a podcast made possible by harvest partners, helping people everywhere. No guide this at our website and learn more about harvest what is one way exist while your lives are not here to pursue pleasure here to pursue God. When we search for the wrong shortage of things after Greg Maurice's are live when you seek your creative for which is no glorify and worship God, you will find the happiness you been seeking God from seeking happiness but seeking God to go together way the job they frolic.

When was the last time you get some education happiness is left behind. Author Ernest Hemingway said happiness in intelligent people. Everything I know they have a new beginning after Greg Laurie shows his find real joy by seeking God for keeping an eternal my messages how eternity brings focus to what really matter and so were going to be looking at Revelation chapter 4 Colossians chapter 3 so Mark both of those and that's original land. Revelation 4 and Colossians 3, you know, it sometimes said oh you're so heavenly minded you're no earthly good. My greater concern is that I would be so earthly minded. I would be of no heavenly good. I think our belief in the afterlife has a lot to say and how we live in the before life. How we live in the here and now, that brings us to a text that I want to look at with you that tells us what our focus as Christians ought to be.

Colossians chapter 3 verses 1 to 2. Let's read that that's one of the passages we turn to Paul Wright.

Since then, you've been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.

So let's ask ourselves the question why we here in the first place. Why am I taking up space. Why am I breathing air why the way exist.

What is my purpose to get an answer as to how I should live on earth. I have to take a quick trip to have. So let's do that. No one Revelation 4 reverses 4 to 8. What were witnessing is heavenly worship service populated by magnificent and mysterious angelic beings and 24 unnamed elders were sick, the four living creatures, each had six wings. There were full of eyes around and within. They don't rest day or night. These are angelic beings. By the way, saying, holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come whenever the living creatures give glory and honor that they think it was sits on the throne live forever. The 24 elders fall down before humans sits on the throne and worship him live forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying you are worthy of the Lord, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they exist and were created. There hard to wrap our minds around this. I don't know who the 24 elders are maybe 12 patriarchs of the Old Testament and the 12 apostles from the New Testament, but clearly these elders are people that once lived on earth who had died and now have gone to heaven and one of a doing in heaven. There were shipping wise and important to us because Jesus said, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is where what happens in heaven should affect me honor.

So what's happening in heaven or there's a whole Lotta worship going on the site should also be worshiping the Lord.

They even tell us that in verse eight, you created all things and bar your will be exist and were created to let me come back out of the question I raised earlier why. The why exist.

Why am I here in this earth. Answer I'm here on earth to bring glory to God. Let's say it out loud together. I'm here on this earth to bring glory to God.

There it is. Is your marching orders. I'm not here to pursue pleasure. I'm here to pursue God.

The purpose of the universe is God's glory. Not my personal happiness.

This comes as a surprise to some think the world should revolve around them. They want to roll their own little private universe.

They want to be the main character in their novel within suffering and pain interrupts their plans and they don't know why. Here's the bottom line when you seek to fulfill the purpose you were created for. Which is to know glorify and worship God, you will find the happiness you been seeking the Lord, not from seeking happiness, but from seeking God. The Bible says happy are the people whose God is the Lord some 16 says in his presence there is fullness of joy and on his right can you are pleasures for evermore. Yes, God created you for his glory. Isaiah 43, seven says God speaking. Everyone was called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed in May. Ephesians 111 says God shows us from the beginning for all things happen just as he decided long ago. God's purpose was that we who were the first to trust in Christ should praise our glorious God say say what I don't understand what that means that I mean that I have to be innately owed 24 hour worship service, no singing songs to God is not the only way we worship.

Let me put it another way, it's entirely possible to sing songs to God and not worship at all. Worship is not just about singing it's about the movement of the heart to the Lord when I could, I could sing song from the sound of music in and be about as close to God as some Christians are when they sing praise songs because there's no thought of God whatsoever because what is worship really what we sing its prayers that the song when I'm worshiping the Lord. That's one way to glorify him, but there's many other ways to glorify God, but been told over and first Corinthians 619 to know your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, you were bought with the products therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's first Corinthians 1031 says whatever you do, do it for the glory of God is and whatever you do in life. Glorify God with get academics, sports, business, music, you name it.

Fill in blank here, let me put it another way, if you can't write how would be thy name over what you're doing and don't do it anymore. My glorifying God and the work that I do my glorifying God and the free time that I have my glorifying God and the friends that I choose to hang out with my glorifying God with my time. My glorifying God with my money. My glorifying God with my existence, because that's what I've been put here on this earth. You know when you're doing that thing that God made you to do. You can feel his pleasure. Can't you is called finding the sweet spot. If you play tennis, you know, there's a sweet spot in a racket and if you hit the sweet spot because you maximum impact on the ball and we have a sweet spot in life don't wake work when you do this one thing for God's glory.

This ailment I feel is leisure doing this because you're wired to do that thing. That's why you're here are all here to do that so I think that we should all consider how well we are fulfilling our purpose here on earth because our belief in the afterlife to them form our choices in the before life Greg Laurie of the second half of this message moment right after a quick look at the way a new beginning touches the lives of listeners and nylons and the Lord.

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Thanks much for praying for us and for investing so this work can continue. You can make a generous year-end gift today at harvest.orc and now Pastor Greg continues his message called how eternity brings focus to what really matters less listen. What is it mean to be heavenly minded. Okay, let's go back now to Colossians 3 that we already alluded to, but I want to read the next verse. It because now we go from, I don't want to see the sublime to the practical. But in a way that sums it up.

This is all practical, really, when you get down to it, but really what it does is it shows us how our belief in the afterlife affects us in the before life. Colossians 3 verse five. Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth, fornication and cleanest passion, evil desire, covetousness which is idolatry. Because of these things around the got is coming on the sons of disobedience in which you yourselves once walked when you lived in them. Now you yourselves put these anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth Joel.

I want to another, since you put off the old man with his deeds in a put on the new man which is renewed in knowledge. Much of the notice. Paul starts with the word therefore whatever you see the word therefore find out what it's therefore Paul's drawing on what he has already said what are the say hey set your mind on things above. Think Kevin pursue have it now, in light of this, don't pursue these other things and he identifies three sins that keep us earthbound. If you will.

Three sins that keep us from being heavenly minded number one sexual sin keeps us earthbound.

Paul mentions the word fornication verse five from the root word Cornelia this speaks of sexual immorality in general. It refers to any form of illicit set extramarital sex premarital sex, homosexual sex, let me simplify it for you. God's order for sex. One man one woman, monogamous Mary. End of story.

That's it. I know that's not politically correct this DNA to say, but it gospel through. This isn't just a person who is sexually immoral, but it's a person who feels their mind with this stuff, you know, you might find yourself in the fact that you don't want to do those things like never been unfaithful to my spouse or I didn't have sex before marriage will great fantastic, but you fill your minds with pornography, do you fill your minds in your lives with all this sexual stuff and fantasize about it all the time I Jesus told us that we look at a woman to lust after her. It's like committing adultery with her policy.

Don't let sex control your life. In this way. Number two.

Idolatry keeps us earthbound idolatry. He says covetousness which is idolatry. You know, a lot of us don't even know it coveting it and made the top 10 for the 10 Commandments thou shall not covet believe that with all of my heart. You shall not covet what is it me the covet I am annoyed should not do it on the Bible finds it for us to work, covet, come from to root words to have and more. Basically they have more it's a person always wants more. The covetous person is never satisfied with what they have. They want with someone else had the maintenance and then when they get it they don't want it anymore. It's a thrill of the hunt.

If you don't know what I'm talking about just get a bunch of kids together and watch them play.

I have four granddaughters and one grandson. By the way my grandson holds us out, hangs in there with these girls over quite a bit older and you know the synods are cute little dollhouses and all the accessories and he comes in with a hammer now and explain I didn't give him a hammer. It's a plastic camera from a little toy I give all you pound balls and the whole zero.

But he's done counting the balls. Now he wants the pound other things because walking out with a hammer and here's all the little that accessories five areas walks off. You know, getting going is a boy but what some kids fight over something. One child grabs a toy. Any toy, then the other child immediately wants that toy another fighting over the toy and you say no come on you guys are all these toys are fighting over the toy.

One child, usually the stronger one prevails Toy Wants Looked at Her for a Couple Minutes Drops It on the Ground and Moves on. It Was Never about the Toy. It Was about Getting Something That Someone Else Had. I'm Sure Glad We Outgrow That, Aren't You the Only No We Don't Disclose Right to Life for Many People and so Were Being Told Don't Let That Control You.

You Know You Can Avalon Instill One More. You Have so Many Things That I One More More. Some People Have Very Little Materially Speaking in a Completely Content Hebrews 13 Five Says It Let Your Light Be without Covetousness Content with Such Things As You Have, for He Has Said I Will Never Leave You or Forsake You Contentment Does Not Come from What You Have It Come from Who You Know If You like David Can Say the Lord Is My Shepherd, You Will Also Be Able to Say I Shall Not Want Your Contentment Is in Your Relationship with God, Let Me Turn This around. It's Always Bad to Want More. I Encourage You Want More More of Jesus. More Opportunities to Glorify God More Spiritual Fruit More Not Enough. You Want More. That's a Good Thing. Finally, Number Three, Anger, Meanness, and Slandering Others Keeps Us Earthbound Anger, Meanness, and Slandering Others Keeps Us Earthbound Verse Eight Anger. Rather, Malice, Blasphemy, Filthy Language.

Keep It Out Of Your Mouth. The Word Anger Speaks of a Settled and Habitual Anger with the Thought of Revenge.

We All Get Angry at Times Were Not Human. If We Don't That Some of This Is Talking about All That May Be Angry.

This Is a Settled Anger. This Is a Person That Says I Don't Get Mad, Get Even.

This Is Speaking of a Person That Has That Deep-Seated Anger and It Also Speaks of a Person That Flies off the Handle. Here's an Interesting Twist That You Might Know from Reading This Translation Word Blasphemy As You Think You Don't Blessing God Actually in Context and the Original Were That She Was Is Not Speaking a Blossoming God Is Speaking of Blaspheming or Speaking Ill of Other Is Called Gossip. By the Way Our Culture Trades and Gossip. There Are Websites Dedicated to the Latest Gossip We Hear It We Tweeted We Tested. We Email It. We Posted on Our Facebook Page Is a Truth I Don't Know but It's Josie Five, Unless You're the Person That's Been Gossiped about Unless You're the Person Being Lied about Gavin Acronym for You in This Coming Year and Acronym That You Can Use As a Grid to Run Things through.

When You Hear Something about Someone Else before Your Repeated Think of This Acronym.

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Is It Truthful Eight Stands for.

Is It Helpful. I Stand for. Is It Inspiring and Stand for Is It Necessary Case Stands for.

Is It Calling before You Repeat That Information. Are You Sure This Is True, to Be Helpful Is a Ghetto Inspired Someone. Is It Really Necessary and Isn't Time in My Responsible. Greg Five by That Acronym to My Life. I Wouldn't Say Anything. Amen. It Was All a Favor and Shut up. If You're Spreading That Kind of Information the Best Way to Turn Away from One Thing Is to Find Something Better Is One Old Minister Put It, It's the Explosive Power of a New Affection.

I Love That Phrase, the Explosive Power of a New Affection Coming Back to Kids You Want to Get a Kid to Let Go of Something You Get Something, but What about This Did and Then You Know You Get That Other Thing on Other Hand, like the Hammer or Whatever. If You Really Start Thinking More about and Seeking Heaven, Which Is to Say, Putting the Lord First in Every Area from the 52 Think to the Friends You Choose to. The Way You Use Your Time. It Will Transform You Listen You Are a Child of God of Your Christian and I Major a Citizen of Heaven, It's Time to Start Acting like One. Why, Because Light Comes and Go so Quickly. Before You Know It You'll Be Standing before God. But Here's the Good News. If We Have That Explosive Power of a New Affection. If We Put God First in Our Life Will Look Very Fulfilling Lives Are on Earth and in Life Comes to an End and I Gotta Tell You Something All the Health-Food Solutions Are Not Going to Extend Your Life One Day You Can Eat Your Free Range Chicken and Your Organic Vegetables and All the Tofu. Your Heart Desires and You Live As Long As God Wants You Lit This He Appointed Day of Your Birth. He Appointed Day of Your Death. Then Comes Eternity and Then What Happens.

Listen Kevin Is Not the Default Destination of Every Person. Heaven Is the Destination of the Person Who Has Their Ticket so We Meanness Ticket.

I'm Talking about You of Your Reservation.

You Know You're Going There. You Put Your Faith in Christ As Your Insured, You Will Go to Heaven When You Die, How to Get This Ticket to Might Assess How Much Will It Cost Me You Couldn't Afford It. All the Good Works All the Religiosity All the Rituals Will Get You This Ticket.

This Is a Blood Bought Ticket but with the Blood of Christ As He Hung Them across, and Died in Our Place, and Rose Again from the Dead, but You Know What He Loves to Get This Ticket out. He Loves to Extend His Forgiveness so He's Holding That Back Is in Him and I Want You to Take This Ticket. It's Your Right about Somebody I Just Want a Lottery Ticket Worth A Lot Of Money Was His Lien under a Pile of Leaks.

I Don't Know the Person That I Don't Want This. And I'm Not Advocating Buying Lottery Tickets.

It's Just an Illustration from the Biggest Waste of Your Money to Buy Lottery Tickets but That's Another Story for Another Day. But Here's Something of Great Value Discarded under a Pile of and That's How the Gospel Is for Many People There. It Is the Greatest Offer of All the Turning Going on with Tears, Fun but Say What Life Comes Due and Then You Realize That the Most Important Thing of All. Jesus Died on the Cross He Rose Again from the Dead, He Stands Now, the Door of Your Life and If You Hear His Voice and Open the Door He Will Come in If You Want to Know You'll Go to Heaven When You Die If You Want to Walk with the Confidence I You Can Live Your Life to the Best of Your Ability for the Glory of God and Be Ready to Medium Whatever That Date Is or If You Fallen Away from the Lord, and You Want to Come Back to Him Again, I'd like You to Respond to This Invitation, No Extend As We Close down Prayer Solve Our Heads. Father, Thank You for Your Word to Us.

Thank You for Your Love for Us Now. I Prefer Anyone Here That Does Not yet Know You, They Don't Have the Hope of Heaven, but They Wanted Help Them to Respond Now in Jesus Name I Pray You like to Make a Change in Your Relation Pastor Greg Laurie Will Help You Do That in Just a Moment before Today's Addition of a New Beginning.

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You're Right There with Jesus in Each Episode. The Series Is Impressed so Many People That John Erickson Totter Said Thank You for Telling the Old, Old Story in Such an Impossibly Fresh Way after Pastor Greg Saw Them Re-Create Jesus Conversation with Nicodemus, He Said, Wow They Got It. It Was One of His Favorite Episodes and out We Want to Send You Season One of the Chosen to Thank You for Your Donation This Important Time of the Year Here Harvest Ministries.

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